The Yorkshire Post have reported that according to sources in Turkey, Leeds United have missed out on a potential deal for Iranian defender Majid Hosseini, who has opted to move to Super Lig club Trabzonspor – rather than Elland Road.
Various sources on Twitter have suggested that the defender had agreed a deal with his new club, when news of a deal that would take him to Leeds United came through.
📰 According to @tehdit, Leeds United manager had made an official offer for Majid Hosseini.
The 21 year-old had, however, verbally committed to Trabzonspor and did not go back on his word. Is Marcelo Bielsa’s sights set on another Iranian centre-back, Morteza Pouraliganji? pic.twitter.com/80N84IEDwI
— PersianFootball.com (@PersianFutbol) August 15, 2018
Hosseini featured in all three games for his country at the World Cup – after only making his international debut just weeks before the tournament began. The central-defender featured against the likes of Spain and Portugal and nearly was on the end of one of the shocks of the tournament, as his country very nearly managed to scrape into the knock-out stages of the competition.
It is at present a well-known fact that Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is looking for other options at centre-back, with his Leeds United side currently looking relatively light in terms of squad depth in the defensive department.
There has been intense speculation linking Tottenham Hotspur Juan Foyth with a move to Elland Road – although it appears the injury that he sustained before the start of the season is causing him more complications than were first expected; which may well pull the plug on any potential deal for the defender to move to Elland Road.
It’s thought Bielsa will look to bring one more defender to Elland Road before the end of the month, but with the loan-market lasting until the 31st of August, he will have less than two weeks to bring his man in.